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PostSubject: Beit Din experiences   Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:47 am

Anyone feel like sharing their experiences with the beit din? What kind of questions did they ask? It's coming up in the not too distant future and I'm excited but nervous!
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:09 pm

I haven't been to mine yet, but I'm glad to hear you've got a date for yours!
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:52 pm

Good questions. Mine is in just over a month, but I'm not too nervous about it. I know everyone who is going to be on it, and I think that helps a lot.
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:24 pm

Good luck to both of you! Anyone that's been there done that care to share?
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:04 pm

I'm also curious to see who was chosen to sit on the beit din. Rabbis? The cantor ? Members of the Board? Religious school teachers? Regular congregants?
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Tue Apr 10, 2012 8:53 pm

I had a traditional-leaning Reform conversion with mikveh and beit din. The beit din session was in the waiting room of the mikveh. Our synagogue doesn't have a mikveh, so the three rabbis drove with two other conversion candidates to the closest Conservative synagogue 70 miles away. My rabbi asked me to write a summary of my spiritual journey and send it to the other rabbis. At the beginning of the beit din they assured me that by being at the beit din I had "passed" and didn't have to be afraid of failing an interview or anything, though I think it's probably different at an Orthodox beit din. They asked me questions like when did I decide to become Jewish, whether there were any misgivings I have about converting, and how I viewed the conversion as a stage in my spiritual journey. Then I signed a document affirming my desire to join the Jewish people and a pledge to raise any children as Jewish, then I did the mikveh thing and the rest is history!

The three rabbis on my beit din were: 1.) My shul's main congregational rabbi (Reform, but traditional-leaning), 2.) the rabbi who is the senior educator/teacher of the shul's hebrew school (also Reform but less traditional than the first rabbi), and 3.) a rabbi of a Reconstructionist synagogue nearby
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:54 am

I had written an 11 page essay so the Rabbis had a good amount of information up front. They just asked me a few questions and it was done. Very simple, really.
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:46 pm

Thanks usuario!
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:47 pm

when is the date, esf?
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:55 am

It's mid-May..
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Tue May 08, 2012 11:02 pm

Update.. I survived the beit din, and I'm Jewish! I'm thrilled.
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Tue May 08, 2012 11:44 pm

Mazel tov!

Anything unexpected that you would like to share?
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Wed May 09, 2012 12:50 am

Mazel Tov! Wave
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Wed May 09, 2012 1:10 am

Mozel tov!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Wed May 09, 2012 6:11 am

Mazel tov!

I go for mine Monday.
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Wed May 09, 2012 9:44 am

Mazel Tov!

Welcome home!
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PostSubject: Re: Beit Din experiences   Wed May 09, 2012 9:16 pm

Thank you everyone, it feels great. Probably I would have answered some of the questions a little differently if I hadn't been in an interview type situation, but basically I feel like it went ok.

Good luck to you James.
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